Shocking! The surreal worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli at MAD July 6 – January 22 2023

Dear Shaded Viewers,

“Working with artists such as Bébé Bérard, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, Vertès and Van Dongen, with photographers such as Honingen-Huene, Horst, Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, was exciting.
and Van Dongen, with photographers like Honingen-Huene, Horst, Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, was exhilarating. You felt helped, encouraged, beyond the material and boring reality
and boring reality of making a dress for sale.”
Shocking life, Elsa Schiaparelli – 1954

Exciting news, from July 6th to January 22nd  the Musée des Arts Décoratifs will be honouring the work of Elsa Schiaparelli. Her work, as you no doubt already know, was inspired by her relationships with the artist of the Parisian avant-garde of the 1920’s and 1930’s. In 2004 the museum put on a retrospective of Elsa Schiaparelli, the museum decided to revisit her work in order to rediscover her innovative fantasy, her taste for the spectacle and her modernity. There has been a focus of late on the current designer of the House, Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli since 2019, and it is a perfect time to re-examine the real genius that is Elsa Schiaparelli.

Shocking! The Surreal Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli, brings together 520 works, including 272 costumes and fashion accessories set against paintings, sculptures, jewellery, perfume bottles, ceramics, posters and photographs by the greatest names of the period, from Man Ray to Salvador Dalí of the period, from Man Ray to Salvador Dalí, from Jean Cocteau to Meret Oppenheim
and Elsa Triolet. This major retrospective also highlights the legacy of Schiaparelli’s style with silhouettes interpreted by famous couturiers paying tribute to him: Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix. Daniel Roseberry, artistic director of Schiaparelli since 2019, interprets the legacy of Elsa Schiaparelli. The exhibition is presented in the
1. Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman Fashion Galleries Schwarzman Fashion Galleries in a poetic and immersive scenography by Nathalie Crinière.

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973)


105 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

— Commissariat général

Olivier Gabet, directeur du Musée des Arts Décoratifs

— Commissariat de l’exposition

Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, conservatrice en chef du patrimoine au département mode, collections de 1800 à aujourd’hui

#ExpoSchiaparelli #SchiaparelliExhibition




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.